Newburg continued action in the Frisco League Softball Tournament when they faced off against Laquey on Wednesday, Aug. 23. The Lady Wolves earned their first win of the season 9-8 thanks to a walk-off walk in the bottom of the seventh.
Runs were traded off all game in an offensive shootout. Grace Affolter was one of the standouts for Newburg, collecting three hits in five at bats, knocking in two runs, stealing two bases and scoring once. Hannah Whittaker, Chrizma Boswell and Issy Bramel each had two hits as well.
Laquey started the scoring with three runs in the first and one more in the second before Newburg got on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. The Lady Wolves then took the lead in the third with a trio of runs, but it wouldn't last long. Laquey scored three runs of their own in the fourth inning and one more in the fifth to take an 8-5 lead.
The Lady Wolves kicked off their comeback in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of runs, but they went into the bottom of the seventh still trailing 8-7. Newburg was able to tie the game and took advantage of some great patience when Sam Mathis came to the plate with the bases loaded. She watched four balls fly past her and she was able to make an excited walk to first base as the game-winning run crossed home plate.
Macy Suschanke pitched for Newburg, pitching all seven innings, striking out nine, while walking 10 and hitting seven. She allowed eight runs, but only four were earned, on five hits.
This was a big win for the young Lady Wolves and head coach Andrew Lott thinks this should give his team the shot of confidence they needed.
"It was a good win for us in giving us a little bit of confidence moving forward. Extremely proud of the way the girls continued to battle throughout the game in keeping the game close," said coach Lott. "Macy did a great job pitching for us in throwing strikes when we needed them the most. Proud of the two at-bats at the end of the game with my two seniors in drawing two huge walks to win the game for us."